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FCS 5010 Evidence-Based Practice in Early Childhood Settings

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles

What are "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" articles?

  • Written by scholars or experts on the topic

  • Content has been critically evaluated by other experts

  • Contain citations (footnotes and/or bibliography) documenting sources

Evaluating Resources

   USE THE CAARP Test to Evaluate Resources:

Currency: Consider the timeliness of the information. When was it published? Is it current or dated for the topic?

Authority: Who is the author/creator/publisher of the information? Are the author/organization's credentials provided? What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?

Accuracy: What is the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content? Is the information supported by evidence?

Relevance: How does the source meet your needs? Does the information relate to your topic or answer your questions? Who is the intended audience?

Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? To inform? To teach? Sell? Entertain? Persuade? Do the authors make their intentions or purpose clear? Is the information biased? 


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